Tag:Mikhail Grabovski
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 12:31 am

Video: Brendan Smith hit on Ben Smith

By: Adam Gretz

Thanks to Wednesday's preseason game between Chicago and Detroit, which the Blackhawks won 4-3, Brendan Shanahan has yet another hit to look at and decide if the hammer once again needs to dropped.

With the game tied, 3-3, early in the third period, Chicago's Ben Smith carried the puck into the offensive zone and tried to cut across the middle of the ice. At that point Detroit's Brendan Smith, who is fighting for a roster spot, connected on a hit that resulted in his ejection from the game (as well as a match penalty), while Smith was clearly shaken up and needed assistance in getting off the ice.  According to Rule 48, the Match Penalty can be issued if the referee, "in his judgement, feels the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head."

Here's the video:

Was the head the principal point of contact? Was the head targeted? Did the puck-carrier put himself in that position, making it impossible for the defender to avoid the contact? These are the questions that Shanahan will have to answer when it comes to handing out any potential discipline.

According to Chicago Sun Times reporter Adam Jahns, via Twitter, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said the referees said it's the type of hit that is trying to be taken out of the game. Again, from Jahns: "Both referees said that's a classic example of what we're talking about, that's the illegal hit. It's pretty black & white"

Here's what Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock had to say following the game:
"I don't doubt his shoulder hit his head. Is there any responsibility on the puck-carrier, toe-dragging, sliding sideways, to look after himself? Is there or no? It doesn't appear like there is anymore, is there? You come across the middle toe-dragging like this (has head down, looking at puck), jumping up, and you get dinged ... and I'm not saying our guy isn't guilty, because the shoulder hit his head ... you better not put yourself in those situations is what I would say. There will be a video report on it tomorrow, I'm sure."
Chris Neil avoided a suspension for a play that involved Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski on Tuesday night. We should find out soon enough whether or not Smith can as well. Based on the comments from Quenneville, it's not looking good for him.

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Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:42 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 6:45 pm

No discipline for Chris Neil

By: Adam Gretz

During the third period of Toronto's 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night Chris Neil and Mikhail Grabovski were involved in a colission in the neutral zone that drew the attention of Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's director of player safety.

Grabovski, who scored a shorthanded goal and added two assists during the Toronto win, left the game briefly following the hit but was able to return after being examined for concussion-like symptoms.

On Wednesday it was reported, via TSN, that Shanahan did in fact review the play, but ultimately decided that it was not a violation of rule 48 and will not hand out any punishment to Neil, who was not penalized during the game.

The play occurred mid-way through third period while Grabovski did not have possession of the puck. It was certainly a borderline play that is open to debate as to whether or not Neil intentionally hit Grabovski, or if it was simply an accidental collission.

Grabovski was Toronto's third-leading scorer last season finishing with 29 goals and 29 assists in 81 games.

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:31 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 10:37 pm

Video: Chris Neil hit on Mikhail Grabovski

By: Adam Gretz

During the third period of the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night Chris Neil and Mikhail Grabovski were involved in a collision that will very likely get the attention of the NHL's new player safety boss, Brendan Shanahan, who has been giving out suspensions like they're burning in a hole in his pocket over the past week.

Based on what we've seen so far from Shanahan it's clear there is a new level of transparency when it comes to discipline from the league, with each suspension being accompanied by a video describing the play in detail and why he issued a certain punishment. The response from fans and media has been overwhelmingly positive, but there's also been a sense of, let's wait and see until he has to deal with something that's borderline.

The Neil-Grabovski play, which you can see below, might be that type of play depending on which team (or group of fans) that you ask.

Neil was not penalized for the hit, even though it took place while Grabovski did not have possession of the puck. The question becomes whether or not this was an accidental colission, or if Neil targeted Grabovski's head and violated rule 48.1, which could result in him becoming the next player to get a couple of games off without pay.

Grabovski left the game briefly and went to the locker room, but eventually returned to the Maple Leafs bench. He scored a shorthanded goal and added two assists during the game.

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:42 am
Edited on: March 3, 2011 2:08 am

Morning skate: Flames lose game, maybe Morrison

The Calgary Flames may have lost more than a crucial couple points when they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, at the United Center on Wednesday. 

First-line center Brendan Morrison skated gingerly off the ice in the third period and did not return. NHL.com’s Dan Rosen reports that Flames coach Brent Sutter didn’t specify or how bad it might be. 

The victory by the Blackhawks -- their season-best sixth in a row -- moved the defendding Stanley Cup champs to fourth in the West.

Nine of the 10 teams in action Wednesday have at least a fathomable  shot at the postseason and the only one that didn't (the New York Islanders) played the role of spoilers. Here’s our playoff race tracker

GILLIES WASTES NO TIME: In his first game back from a nine-game suspension, New York Islanders forward Trevor Gillies went a little more than a period before he repeated the offense. Gillies blindsided Minnesota Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck, whose head hit the glass after the collision. (Clutterbuck had just hit Islanders rookie Justin DiBenedetto, which drew a penalty as well.) Gillies was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Clutterbuck got back up and was in the lineup as the Wild fell, 4-1. Chris Botta of The New York Time’s Slap Shot blog gives a full rundown with video

PARISE ON THE MEND: New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise was cleared to skate on Wednesday, three months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. “He can begin skating lightly immediately,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said in a story on the team’s website. Parise has been out 51 games since hurting his knee Oct. 30. Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports that Parise would need a minimum of two more weeks of rehab before he can practice with the team, although there’s still a decent chance he could return by the end of the season. New Jersey edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, to keep the Devils’ slim playoffs hopes alive. 

LINE CHAGES: The Toronto Maple Leafs unlikely run for a playoff spot continued with a 3-2 OT victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mikhail Grabovski scored 42 seconds into the extra frame as the Leafs moved to within two points of the Carolina Hurricanes, who tenuously hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.  .  . . Bobby Ryan’s goal via penalty shot in overtime hoisted the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Ryan was hauled down by Detroit defenseman Ruslan Salei just as he reached the net, resulting in the ref pointing to center ice. Here a link to the video
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